Chapter 01

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Chapter 01

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Muad'Dib's teachings have become the playground of scholastics, of the superstitious and the corrupt. He taught a balanced way of life, a philosophy with which a human can meet problems arising from an ever-changing universe. He said humankind is still evolving, in a process which will never end. He said this evolution moves on changing principles which are known only to eternity.
How can corrupted reasoning play with such an essence?

-Words of the Mentat Duncan Idaho

In the opening chapter we find Stilgar checking in on the royal twins, Leto II and Ghanima, while they sleep in Sietch Tabr. Stilgar, in typical style is in awe of them but thinking troubled thoughts, he even contemplates killing them.

How simple things were when our Messiah was only a dream, he thought. By finding our Mahdi we loosed upon the universe countless messianic dreams. Every people subjugated by the jihad now dreams of a leader to come.

We also see that the Jihad has either been in progress or over and now everyone longs for a messiah to deliver them from the Atreides. The desert of Arrakis is half it's former size, giving way to greenery, it's even rained.The Fremen are becoming careless in their water discipline. Stilgar himself has become more "subtle" having learned statecraft and longs for the old days. Jessica has been on Caladan all this time, returned to the Bene Gesserit fold and is returning, which also troubles Stilgar.

Stilgar is also upset that Paul has been deified and calls the religion created around him a "bureaucratic monster" that was one with Paul's government. To break a law is not just a crime, it's a sin. Even challenging his policies is blasphemy. Stilgar decides not to kill the twins.
They were destroyed because they lied pretentiously. Have no fear that my wrath
will fall upon you because of your innocent mistakes.

~Leto II, God Emperor
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